Tuesday, January 17, 2012

... in books

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Today we should name 
(Top) Ten Books I'd Recommend To Someone Who Doesn't Read Cozy Mysteries

I love reading cozy mysteries because I hate violence in books. When reading a crime novel I often become afraid and that is not what I want to feel when reading. Cozy mysteries are criminal novels as well but not brutal in any way and they have a really nice and harmless storyline.
I once told a friend that they are like mysteries but the girly kind with no spooky elements. And no, I don’t want to talk these novels down. I love them and the fact that I don’t get afraid is a real benefit for these mysteries.

Cozy Mysteries usually come in series so I will name my Top Ten Cozy Mystery Series here:

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Novels
set in Trenton, New Jersey, Stephanie Plum a bounty hunter tries to capture criminals
she sometimes needs the help of her on and off boyfriend and cop Joe Morelli
or the help of her partner Ranger
but never the help of her partner, former hooker and file clerk Lula

JoAnna Carl’s Chocoholic Mysteries
after her divorce Lee came back to her aunt’s hometown and helps her run Ten Huis Chocolate
and solves murders as they come aling

Lorna Barrett’s Booktown Mysteries
running a mystery bookstore in Stoneham, New Hampshire’s town specialized on books
isn’t always easy for Trish

Cleo Coyle’s Coffeeshop Mysteries
between running her ex-mother-in-law’s New York coffeehouse and solving crimes
Clare has to deal with her ex-husband, her daughter and a very attractive cop

Anne George’s Southern Sisters Mysteries
a wonderful series telling the stories of Patricia Anne and Mary Alice two sister living in Birmingham, Alabama
unfortunately Anne George died after writing only eight of these wonderful mysteries

Maggie Barbieri’s Murder 101 Mysteries
set around a college campus and deals with the life of Alison and her involvements in murders
don’t forget to mention spooky Mafia connections

Jenn McKinley’s Cupcake Bakery Mysteries
running a Cupcake Bakery when there is a business rival in town isn’t always easy
for Mel and Angie


Joanna Fluke’s Hannah Swensen Mysteries
a cookie shop, a wonderful business partner, two sisters, two men, one cat and one crazy mother

Sammi Carter’s Candy Shop Mysteries
wonderful novels but unfortunately only five got published

Jenn McKinley’s Library Lover’s Mysteries
haven’t read it but hopefully it will be as good as the others


  1. Wow - thanks for taking the time to put together this list! I don't read cozy mysteries much anymore, but this is a fantastic starting point.

  2. OK, these totally sound like fun. Your average psychopathic murder mystery scares me half to death, but I never thought of searching out some cozies. Maybe I'll have to get some Stephanie Plum or something. :)